2014: Design Your Thinking

TEDXCAPETOWN  |  Event , ±13 min episodes total time 3 hr 07 min  | 
TEDxCapeTown 2014 will focus on the "WHY" behind someone's idea. What informed the way the idea came about. And how this perspective can result in something amazing with the potential of positive impact in the world we live in.

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Vivienne Shultz: Getting Un-stuck.

Vivienne uses a real-life case study to explain Occupational Intelligence, which she believes is the missing puzzle piece for getting “un-stuck” as an individual.

Vivienne Schultz is an Ashoka fellow and has more than 16 years of field experience in social entrepreneurship in collaboration with large Multinational organisations.

She will talk about getting unstuck:

What causes humans to be stuck? “Stuckness”, i.e. not being able to move forward in life is caused when a person experiences a life challenge, but does not responding in a fruitful way. This in turn may be incorrectly perceived as irresponsible behaviour by others. Becoming valuable contributors to society can be achieved by growing Occupational Intelligence or responsiveness in humans.

As part of my journey towards finding a solution to this challenge, I founded the A2B Entrepreneurial Transformation Movement in South Africa. I was identified as a world change maker by the Ashoka Foundation in Washington D.C. and subsequently my research was funded for a period of three years. During this period I developed a methodology which measures Occupational Intelligence in human beings. The A2B Scale of Occupational Intelligence identifies 6 levels of Occupational Intelligence responsiveness. With this scale the progress of humans can be measured and achieved. Humans can progress from the lowest level of the scale, A1, which is defined as being unconsciously incompetent to B3, which is the highest level of the scale and described as altruistic leadership.
A video of this talk

Jon Savage: How we create content.

Jon shares his journey into the democratization of content creation - the obstacles, the reality and the realisation that we don't need anyone's permission to make cool sh*t.

Jon Savage is a maker of things. He began as a filmmaker at a young age until his musical career exploded in the form of a globe-trotting rock band called Cassette. He has subsequently been a music producer, a DJ on South Africa's national radio station, the music director of the SA Music Awards, the creator of the 5FM Mashlab phenomenon, a writer for Rolling Stone magazine, a film director and is now the Creative Director of a company called Thread, which focuses on making things awesome.

Jon has genuinely tried and tested various ways to create world-changing things and has mostly failed. On this Tedx stage in Cape Town, Jon takes us on his journey of his rollercoaster attempts to help us all explore the nature of becoming makers of things.
A video of this talk

Craig Wilkinson: Real man. Real dad.

Craig believes that masculinity is a profoundly beautiful gift to humanity, and that it is wounded masculinity that is so often deeply destructive.
He shows us that if we can heal men, we can heal the world.

Craig Wilkinson lives in Cape Town, South Africa with his wife Martinique and his two children Luke and Blythe. For the last 10 years Craig has worked in the Non Profit sector in the areas of experiential education, socio-economic development and the development of men and fathers. Prior to this he made his living as a consultant to the corporate sector in strategy and human resource development. An avid hiker, mountain biker and fitness buff Craig has a passion for the restoration of men to true masculinity and authentic fatherhood. He is the founder of Father A Nation (FAN), an NPO which restores and equips men to be great fathers. He believes that if we can heal men we can heal the world.

Masculinity is a profoundly beautiful gift to humanity. Wounded and distorted masculinity however is a dreadful curse to humanity. Society has rightly responded very negatively to the harm done by wounded men with a misconstrued concept of masculinity. Sadly though much of the response has done more to perpetuate the problem than solve it. We have tried to tame men, re-invent men, feminize men, and vilify men. What we really need though is not to reinvent masculinity but to rediscover it. And enough men living with true masculinity will transform our world into the safe, beautiful and exciting place it was always meant to be.
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Faahkir Bestman: Following my heart, to live my dream

Faahkir is a 10-year-old from Hanover Park who has a passion for ballet. He started dancing when he was just two and a half years old, initially with a youth development group, the Joseph Stone Auditorium for six years before joining the Eoan Group, where he has been a member for just over a year and is the only boy. Faahkir was the Western Cape's Lead SA youth hero for March 2014.
An interview with the speaker A video of this talk.

Zolani Mahola: Growing young

Zolani takes us through her personal journey of growing up in New Brighton, and takes us back to a protest in 1989, the year of South Africa's last 'Whites Only' election. The protest sound begins as a roar, and turns into a song. A song with an answer.

And it is with song that Zolani tells her stories, and is able to create a space of harmony. A moment of closed circle, a moment of real harmony.

Zolani Mahola is a South African singer and actor. Since 2002, she has been the lead singer of the South African music group Freshlyground.
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Justin Smith: From idealist to environmental pragmatist.

Justin Smith shares his journey from idealist to
environmental pragmatist and asks the burning
question: Is it more effective to create change from inside or outside the big, scary corporate system?

Justin Smith is head of the Woolworths Good Business Journey (Sustainability Programme) and is responsible for the strategy, structure and integration across the business to deliver its over 200 targets across transformation, social development, environmental issues and climate change.

Woolworths was named International Responsible Retailer of the year in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Justin was previously employed at the Nedbank Group, as head of Governance and Sustainability as well as Operational head of Enterprise Governance and Compliance within Nedbank’s Enterprise Governance and Compliance cluster; as an associate in Edward Nathan and Friedland (Pty) Ltd Environmental Law and Sustainability Services department; and as a risk manager at Standard Bank Group Risk Management.
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Nicola Jackman: The joy of Giving.

Nicola shows us how "Great Bliss is found when
we share joy with another" as she describes the
journey to uncovering her vocation.

Nicola Jackman is an award winning actress, voice artist & joy catalyst. She has been a professional performing heartist for 20 years, nowadays she brings all her character full delight to the stage & screen, with her own special brand of inspirational speaking as a JOY Catalyst and through her one woman family show "MAfrika" (http://www.mafrika2012.com).

Her acting credits include 3 years in the South African soap-opera Isidingo (1998 to 2001) and numerous local plays and international movies.

For the past 9 years Nicola has also been actively working on expanding JOY; as founder of (The UP) The UPliftment Programme 122-357 NPO (http://theup.org.za) an Art's for health - not for profit that brings emotional care to children in hospitals and homes, they're passionate about sharing the healing power of JOY. Nicola gives joy talks and also sUPports training of other joy catalysts, care clowns and trainers, she creates playful spaces for people to transform fear to love & be inspired into giggling & joyful possibility.
An interview with the speaker A video of this talk

Mohammed Dalwai: Leveraging mobile devices to improve healthcare

More people have access to mobile devices than to clean drinking water in the developing world. Mohammed asks the question: Can we leverage mobile devices to improve healthcare?

Mohammed holds an MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from University of Stellenbosch. He is passionate about the impact of medicine within the rural context having completed his Community Service at Manguzi – a rural community – in the Maputaland region of the KwaZulu-Natal province. This led him to join MSF (Medecins Sans Frontieres – Doctors without Borders) as an ER doctor in various countries such as Pakistan, Libya and Syria. In 2012, the Mail & Guardian recognized Mohammed as one of South Africa’s Top 200 young and most interesting people specifically for his groundbreaking work around the South African triage score and its implementation across the world. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town.

In 2012 he co founded The Open Medicine Project, a non profit aimed at capacitating healthcare workers in the developing world using mobile technology. Their EM guidance app has been downloaded in over 145 countries and is being used by over 7000 health workers worldwide.
Mohammed believes in the accumulative value of individual contributions with the overall imperative of changing the world, one step at time
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Willem Van Biljon: Design for the world you want.

Willem believes that the world we want to live in is not an extrapolation of the world we currently live in. When we build technologies and products, we should design for the world we want, not the one we have.

Willem van Biljon (born 1961) is an entrepreneur and technologist born, raised and educated in South Africa.

Van Biljon graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Computer Science. He held engineering and research positions at LinkData, the Institute for Applied Computer Science and the National Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

Van Biljon co-founded Mosaic Software. Mosaic built the Postilion payment system, the first high-end payment transaction switch for commodity hardware and operating systems (Windows). Mosaic's investors included GE and Paul Maritz. The company became one of the top three payment processing software vendors in the world and was sold in 2004 to S1 Corp.
Van Biljon was at Amazon.com where, along with Chris Pinkham and Christopher Brown led the team that developed Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Willem built the business plan for the service and was responsible for product management and marketing for the public cloud service.

In 2006, van Biljon left Amazon Web Services and later started a venture with Chris Pinkham. The company, Nimbula, was focused on Cloud Computing software and was funded by Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.[10][11] In March 2013, Nimbula was acquired by Oracle Corporation.
In April 2014 van Biljon joined takealot.com, a Cape Town based ecommerce company as Co-CEO and CTO.

Van Biljon co-authored two patent applications: "Managing Communications Between Computing Nodes", "Managing Execution of Programs by Multiple Computing Systems".
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David Springer: Egg cups & heart disease.

Dave explores how countless lives could be saved through using an egg cup & a cell phone app to diagnose Rheumatic Heart Disease in children.In his talk he explores the use of dumb hardware, like an egg cup, together with smart software on a mobile phone, to detect heart disease in kids in areas where doctors are hard to find.

David is a PhD student at Oxford, working on trying to solve health issues in South Africa using low-cost technology. David spends most of his time listening to heart sounds, playing with kitchen utensils or sending people SMS-reminders to take their medication. When not doing that, he plays the bagpipes.

In his talk he explores the use of dumb hardware, like an egg cup, together with smart software on a mobile phone, to detect heart disease in kids in areas where doctors are hard to find.
An interview with the speaker A video of this talk

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